Hugh Hewitt has issued a challenge concerning Tom Tancredo’s remarks about bombing Mecca:
|I want to be very clear on this. No responsible American can endorse the idea that the U.S. is in a war with Islam. That is repugnant and wrong, and bloggers and writers and would-be bloggers and writers have to chose sides on this, especially if you are a center-right blogger.|
However, you also say this:
|Anyone defending Tancredo's remarks has got to make a case for why such a bombing would be effective.|
But for the West to do so would destroy its own collective soul. Not doing such things is what distinguishes us from them.
Culturally and ideologically, fanatical Islam still resides in the 7th century. The proper 7th-century response would be for us to destroy Mecca and Medina, so that not one stone be left standing upon another, and then sow the ruins with salt.
No matter how appealing the idea is to the atavistic and rageful warrior deep within us, it must not be acted on. We are 21st-century Western Civilization, and we do not do such things. It’s as simple as that.